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RMCHCS announces new CEO Robert Whitaker

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The Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Robert A. Whitaker, MPH, MBA, will serve as Chief Executive Officer, beginning April 15.  This announcement comes after the months-long coordinated recruitment effort between the RMCHCS Board of Trustees and Community...

Week ending Friday, March 18, 2022

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Hornet Sex Traps

The invasive Asian giant hornet that has in recent years ravaged honeybee hives in parts of British Columbia and Washington could possibly be wiped out for good with “sex traps” developed by U.S. and Chinese researchers. Writing in the journal Current Biology, they say key ingredients in the sex pheromones of the “murder hornets” can be put into traps, luring the males from the queens and preventing them from mating. Test traps have proven successful, attracting only males. “In two field seasons, we were able to rapidly collect thousands of males that were attracted to the odor,” said biologist and co-author James Nieh.


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NMDOH recommends additional COVID-19 booster for certain groups

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health recommends that people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster does at least four months ago receive a second mRNA booster (Moderna or Pfizer) to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19 (for a total of four doses). NMDOH also recommends people 12 and older with certain immune deficiencies receive a second booster dose of an mRNA vaccine at least four months after their first booster dose (for a total of five doses).

In addition, NMDOH recommends a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19...

New Mexico extends Medicaid coverage for postpartum care

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SANTA FE – The Lujan Grisham administration announced on March 30 in a press release that it will expand Medicaid coverage for postpartum care for new mothers by increasing coverage from 60 days to a full year. The enhanced support will begin April 1 and is expected to impact up to 17,000 New Mexicans.

“Extending postpartum care will support better health outcomes for thousands of New Mexico mothers and babies, ensuring a healthier start in life for children across the state,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “My administration will continue to use every available tool to expand access to affordable health care and deliver better outcomes for New Mexico families.”


McKinley County threatens to terminate hospital lease

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RMCHCS Board has under one month to HIRE CEO

For months now, McKinley County citizens have been expressing their displeasure with the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services and more specifically the company that has been running the hospital for a year and a half now.

From down phone lines to an interim CEO that isn’t around as much as locals may like, citizens have been voicing their concerns about the hospital. The Community Health Action Group has held multiple town halls, protests, and community meetings to help citizens voice their concerns.

McKinley County has a lease with the Community Hospital Corporation, based out of Plano, TX, which runs the hospital. The...

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